13 November 2022
AVIDHIFI MC Cartridges – Industry Update premium
AVIDHIFI offers turntables, phono stages, amplifiers, supports, and speakers, and since the summer of 2022, also a range of phono cartridges.
premium
Owner of Hifi-Advice.com
13 November 2022
Final Touch Audio Elara power cable – Revisited premium
A complete system change and newfound experiences warranted a revisit of the Final Touch Audio Elara power cable. Read on to find out how I like it now!
premium
Owner of Hifi-Advice.com
30 October 2022
Aqua La Diva M2 – Part 3 premium
Of late, ongoing changes on the streaming front have led to my reassessing the CD medium. But more pertinently, I have made a very interesting discovery that led to a newfound admiration for the Aqua M2 drive.
premium
Owner of Hifi-Advice.com
29 October 2022
GigaWatt PF-1e, PF-1 EVO, and PF-2 EVO Power Strips premium
For this review, I will compare all three of GigaWatt's Power Strips using a range of GigaWatt power cables.
premium
Owner of Hifi-Advice.com
25 October 2022
GigaWatt PowerSync, PowerSync PLUS, PowerSync ULTRA, and LC-2 EVO power cables premium
For this review, I am covering four GigaWatt power cables: three models from the new PowerSync range and one from the longer-standing EVO range. Read on to find out how they compare!
premium
Owner of Hifi-Advice.com
Jay’s Audio CDT3-Mk3 and DAC2-Mk3 premium
The DAC2-Mk3 can be seen as the successor of the DAC2 Signature that I reviewed in December 2019 and the CDT3-Mk3 is Jay's Audio's new Flagship CD transport. Read on to find out how they perform individually and as a pair.
premium
Owner of Hifi-Advice.com
Onzow, DS Audio Dynavox, Winyl, and LAST Stylus Cleaning compared premium
The purpose of Dry Cleaning methods is to introduce a safe and easy method for stylus cleaning. But with so many available solutions, how do they compare? And where does this leave the special wet-cleaning methods?
premium
Owner of Hifi-Advice.com
30 September 2022
Driade Flow Reference 808 speakercable premium
The Flow Reference 808 is Driade's new reference-level speaker cable, intended to inhabit the spot above the Flow 405 in the brand's topmost tier and meant for those who seek the maximum in performance.
premium
Owner of Hifi-Advice.com
Artesania KSH2 Krion shelf premium
The Artesania HSH2 Krion Shelf comes highly recommended, even if your components do not strictly require it, and even if you don't own an Artesania rack!
premium
Owner of Hifi-Advice.com
17 September 2022
Bergmann presentation Euromast Rotterdam premium
On September 12th, 2022, Dutch distributor Mafico organized an event for Johnnie Bergmann to showcase his Galder air-bearing turntable and Odin linear air-bearing tonearm. The venue for this event was as special as the occasion: the Euromast in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Constructed in 1960, the Euromast was built to mark the first ‘Floriade’, which was […]
premium
Owner of Hifi-Advice.com
16 September 2022
Artesania Aire Floor Platform – Update August 2022 premium
Recently, the Artesania Aire floor platform received a couple of aesthetic updates. This article highlights the specifics.
premium
Owner of Hifi-Advice.com
10 September 2022
MJ Acoustics REF 200-SR and Master-Class Ascot-SR premium
Established in 2002, MJ was originally started by ex-REL employees that sought new ways of doing things. This led to the brand being the first to offer presets and remote control for adjustment from the listening position, all the way back in 2004. Now, I will be reviewing two relatively compact but high quality subs, one from the Reference Series and one from the Master-Class Series.
premium
Owner of Hifi-Advice.com
14 August 2022
Mad Scientist Black Magic ULTRA USB Cable premium
After four years, the Mad Scientist decided to update their Black Magic cable. Unlike the original, it's hand-built from the wire up. In addition, they added the complex 8-fold screening system that was developed for the new speaker cables. The result, according to the Mad Scientist, is a cable that performs at a much higher level than the original.
premium
Owner of Hifi-Advice.com
1 August 2022
Denafrips Hestia and Athena preamplifiers premium
Denafrips has 3 analog preamps in their portfolio: the entry-level Hestia, the Hades, which is based on the Hestia with improvements in key areas, and the Athena, which is the top model. For this review, I will be listening to the Hesta and the Athena.
premium
Owner of Hifi-Advice.com
29 July 2022
Jorma Design USB Reference and Ethernet premium
Shortly after reviewing the Jorma AES/EBU cables, I started hearing rave reports about the other Jorma Digital cables, especially the USB Reference cable. With this dual product review, I am excited to investigate what all the fuss is about.
premium
Owner of Hifi-Advice.com
25 July 2022
Wilson Benesch Project SSUCHY – Industry Update premium
Project SSUCHY describes research into Sustainable Structural & Multifunctional Bicomposites from Hybrid Natural Fibres & Bio-Based Polymers’ or next-generation biocomposite structures that will replace oil-based composite structures. The main outcome of this for Wilson Benesch at the current time is the new A.C.T. 3Zero Biocomposite Monocoque which is the single largest component in the reference loudspeaker line forming the enclosure.
premium
Owner of Hifi-Advice.com
Kora TB140 Integrated Amplifier premium
The Kora TB140 is one of those rare products that truly surprise. It sounds nothing like a stereotypical tube amplifier but neither does it sound like a traditional transistor amplifier.
premium
Owner of Hifi-Advice.com
Driade Premium Model 2S premium
It was a bit of a shame that I have reviewed various Driade cables but never any of their speakers. The recent Premium 2S provided the perfect occasion to rectify this!
premium
Owner of Hifi-Advice.com
Aavik U180, U280, and U580 integrated amplifiers premium
With the U-180, U280, and U-580, Aavik has introduced an interesting range of amplifiers with a built-in DAC and distinctive aesthetics that are surprisingly potent and sound weighty, spacious, and tonally full.
premium
Owner of Hifi-Advice.com
Dutch Audio Event 2022 – Industry Update premium
Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 October of 2022 mark the dates for a new edition of the Dutch Audio Event at the NH Conference Center located at the Koningshof in Veldhoven, the Netherlands.
premium
Owner of Hifi-Advice.com
14 June 2022
Analog Preamplifiers in a Digital Streaming World premium
Now that most DACs are equipped with volume control so that they can be connected to a power amp directly, what could there be to gain by switching another component in the signal chain? In other words, when everything on the source end is digital, what is the use of a pure analog preamp? With this article, I hope to shed some light on this quandary.
premium
Owner of Hifi-Advice.com
8 June 2022
COS D10 Mk2 – Industry Update premium
Mk2 update for the COs D10 DAC, Preamp, and Network Player
premium
Owner of Hifi-Advice.com
8 June 2022
Driade Introduces the Premium 2S – Industry Update premium
Introducing the new Driade Premium 2S: A worthy successor to the renowned Model 2.
premium
Owner of Hifi-Advice.com
Munich High End 2022 Show Report – Highlights premium
Show Highlights
premium
Owner of Hifi-Advice.com
Munich High End 2022 Show Report – Day 5 premium
Day 5 - Second Public Day, 22-05-2022, covering the Hifi Deluxe show at the Marriott Hotel
premium
Owner of Hifi-Advice.com
Munich High End 2022 Show Report – Day 4 premium
Day 4 - First Public Day, 21-05-2022
premium
Owner of Hifi-Advice.com
Munich High End 2022 Show Report – Day 3 premium
Day 3 - Second Business Day, 20-05-2022
premium
Owner of Hifi-Advice.com
Munich High End 2022 Show Report – Day 1 and 2 premium
This edition of the HFA Munich High End Show Report will be different than in the past years. As HFA cannot attend in person, this edition will feature photos, comments, and other content supplied by friends in the industry. The article will continually be updated as new coverage is received.
premium
Owner of Hifi-Advice.com
11 May 2022
Mad Scientist Black Magic Speaker Cables premium
Having reviewed a fair amount of Mad Scientist Audio products, I thought that I had a pretty good handle on the performance of their cables and accessories relative to other products, as well as on the brand's house sound in general. Well, let me just say that going into this latest review, my preconceptions were about to be turned upside down.
premium
Owner of Hifi-Advice.com
10 May 2022
CH Precision Introduces the C1.2 DAC/Controller – Industry Update premium
Introducing the CH Precision C1.2 DAC/Controller. Same pretty face – all-new heart!
premium
Owner of Hifi-Advice.com
Ansuz Mainz8 D2 and Mainz8 D-TC Power Distributors premium
Here is an in-depth review of the Ansuz Mainz8 D2 and Mainz8 D-TC Power Distributors, enhanced with an assortment of Ansuz Mainz D2 power cables and Darkz T2 and T2 Supreme Resonance Control Footers.
premium
Owner of Hifi-Advice.com
3 May 2022
Diptyque Reference – Industry Update premium
We made our dreams come true - Introducing the new Diptyque Reference, using proprietary "crossed push-pull" technology.
premium
Owner of Hifi-Advice.com
Final Touch Audio Metis Ethernet Cable premium
From the very first notes, I knew I had something special on my hands. This cable's superiority is so evident that the review has practically written itself!
premium
Owner of Hifi-Advice.com
30 April 2022
atm-audio Migjorn Phono Stage premium
The atm audio Migjorn phono preamp has been designed to enjoy at a reference level. Its single purpose is to deliver the music as conceived by its artists and producers. This is what can be read on the atm audio website and I can totally get behind that aspiration!
premium
Owner of Hifi-Advice.com
24 April 2022
Final Touch Audio Sinope USB cable premium
After all the USB cables that I reviewed, at some point, I truly felt that I had heard it all and there were no more surprises for me in store. Against this backdrop, it's an absolute joy to come across a new product that is so evidently superior to everything that came before it.
premium
Owner of Hifi-Advice.com
20 April 2022
Antipodes Oladra – Industry Update premium
The new Antipodes Oladra music server will debut at the Munich High-End Show in May 2022 and will begin to ship in August 2022. The Oladra integrates Server, Player, and Reclocker functions in a single and beautifully elegant chassis.
premium
Owner of Hifi-Advice.com
Western Electric 91E premium
The 91E is a Class A, single-ended (SE), integrated amplifier that was inspired by its predecessor, the 91A. Compared to the original, the 91E offers double the power, made possible by a completely new approach to SE amplifier design.
premium
Owner of Hifi-Advice.com
11 April 2022
Rhapsody Show – CH Precision 10 Series with Marten Mingus Orchestra premium
For 700.000 Euros you could get a house, a very nice apartment, a super cool car, or a non-plus-ultra high-end audio system!
premium
Owner of Hifi-Advice.com
NuPrime Evolution STA stereo power amplifier premium
With the Evolution STA, NuPrime has delivered an amplifier that manages to strike a beautiful balance between the strong qualities of the ST-10 and the AMG-STA, while raising the overall performance even further. 
premium
Owner of Hifi-Advice.com
16 March 2022
New Audiogroupdenmark website for Ansuz, Aavik and Børresen – Industry Update premium
Announcement of the new combined website for Ansuz, Aavik and Børresen: www.audiogroupdenmark.com
premium
Owner of Hifi-Advice.com
Denafrips Ares II, Pontus II, Venus II, and Terminator Plus premium
Ever wonder what spending extra on the next level DAC from the same company gets you? Let's find out by directly comparing all the DACs that Denafrips currently has on offer.
premium
Owner of Hifi-Advice.com
2 March 2022
New LinQ Core firmware release available – Industry Update premium
Aqua - Acoustic Quality is pleased to announce that a new LinQ Core firmware release is available (v. 1.4). This release is updated to the latest changes introduced by Roon version 1.8 build 904 with respect to HQPlayer and indicated to be operational on Monday, February 28.
premium
Owner of Hifi-Advice.com
22 February 2022
Care Orchestra Spiritual Blue Evo and Celestial Deep Breath Evo premium
Reviewed here are two very different models, one monitor/stand-mount model, and one floor-standing model. The speakers have some similarities and some differences but both models impress with a sound that is full-bodied and tonally saturated yet also well-paced and engaging.
premium
Owner of Hifi-Advice.com
13 February 2022
Ansuz Sparkz and Sortz premium
Whether or not one is into tweaks or enhancers such as Ansuz Sortz and Sparkz, my tests have shown that there is simply no debate whether or not they work. Even the addition of a single Sparkz or Sortz in an otherwise standard setup already makes a large difference.
premium
Owner of Hifi-Advice.com
4 February 2022
Aqua La Diva M2 – Part 2 premium
After my review of the La Diva M2, Marco of Hexagon Audio was so kind to leave both La Diva models with me for some time. This has allowed me to carry out some more comparisons.
premium
Owner of Hifi-Advice.com
2 February 2022
HFA Audio Setup History 32 – More speakers – Late 2018-2020 premium
For some time after Ben's efforts as part of his Acoustic Matters services, I was happy with the Wilson system. But soon, annoyances crept up again. This was because as part of the main issue was addressed, other issues were now made more abundantly clear.
premium
Owner of Hifi-Advice.com
31 January 2022
Welcome To Playground premium
In addition to showcasing the finest audio equipment in an inspiring setting, Welcome to Playground buys and sells used, demo, and new high-end audio equipment. Upon request, Ray will also go and hunt down and assemble the ideal high-end audio system within a given budget.
premium
Owner of Hifi-Advice.com
30 January 2022
Concert Fidelity DAC-040 – Mini Review premium
After a listening session at Callas Audio, Ron Ploeger directed my attention to a neat-looking DAC by Concert Fidelity. With two rear-lit 12AU7 tubes sticking out vertically from its rear panel, the DAC-040 has an aesthetically clean and simple appearance, yet is also technically interesting. In this mini-review, I will describe how it sounds in my own system.
premium
Owner of Hifi-Advice.com
24 January 2022
Diptyque DP 107 premium
The Diptyque company is born from the meeting between two men passionate about acoustics: Gilles Douziech and Eric Poix. Among others what makes these speakers unique is their proprietary PPBM Push-Pull Bipolar Magnet technique that uses large section bipolar magnets located both at the front and the rear of the Mylar membrane. This makes it possible for the membrane's coil to remain in a constant magnetic field while it moves, allowing a much higher level of control than with a single-ended construction.
premium
Owner of Hifi-Advice.com
16 January 2022
Qln Prestige Three premium
The Qln Prestige Three is a 2-way floor standing speaker, based on the classic Qln Signature 3 design. Several parts have been sourced from the earlier design, such as the time alignment leaning baffle, and the minimized baffle area around the dive units. The crossover has been redesigned and major parts have been improved.
premium
Owner of Hifi-Advice.com
12 January 2022
Aries Cerat preamplifiers compared – Incito S and Impera Reference premium
The Impera Reference is easily the most powerful-sounding preamp that I have heard. Its bass rivals that of many solid-state preamplifiers in terms of solidity, precision, and drive while its overall impact, expression, and dynamic slam are either on par with or actually outperform other preamplifiers.
premium
Owner of Hifi-Advice.com
31 December 2021
Signal Projects Lynx and Apollon premium
These Signal Projects cables provide a superbly liquid, lush, deeply saturated, highly refined, and smooth sound but, especially in the case of the Apollon, with great transparency and resolution. This is seduction at its best.
premium
Owner of Hifi-Advice.com
25 December 2021
Wadia CD Mechanisms premium
Here's an overview of all the CD mechanisms used inside the now-classic Wadia CD players and CD transports.
premium
Owner of Hifi-Advice.com
15 December 2021
Qobuz Duo – Industry Update premium
This is an Industry Update, listing the latest Qobuz news. Two people living under the same roof can each have an account under the same subscription.
premium
Owner of Hifi-Advice.com
1 December 2021
Aqua La Diva M2 premium
Ever since I was aware that a new model was coming, I had been awaiting its arrival with immense anticipation. Fortunately, the M2 delivers on its promise. It is not only a successor with a different CD mechanism but indeed a wholly different player.
premium
Owner of Hifi-Advice.com
Bowers & Wilkins 801 D4 premium
After the D4 range was released, the new model was said to be not only the best incarnation of the series but actually the best that Bowers & Wilkins has issued. Of course, this is more often said with the introduction of a new reference series. In order to find out, I went to hear the speakers in the SoundUnited demo room.
premium
Owner of Hifi-Advice.com
23 November 2021
Qobuz – Industry Update premium
This is an Industry Update, listing the latest Qobuz news, the most important of which probably is the new lower price point!
premium
Owner of Hifi-Advice.com
Antipodes K50 Music Server – Update Nov 2021 premium
Recently, Antipodes updated the firmware to from V3.0 to V3.1 to support the upcoming changes in how Roon runs on home servers and they took this opportunity to also further streamline and enhance their User Interface. Interestingly, I also noticed significant sonic benefits with the K50!
premium
Owner of Hifi-Advice.com
23 November 2021
Aqua La Diva M2 CD Transport – Industry Update premium
The new generation of La Diva, La Diva M2, is a machine that, while keeping the previous name, is completely new, both in terms of CD mechanics and all internal electronics, power supply, FPGA decoding, clock, display, and more.
premium
Owner of Hifi-Advice.com
20 November 2021
Rhapsody Show – CH Precision D1.5, L10 and M10, Dohmann, and Estelon Forza premium
Friday, November 19th and Saturday 20th, Rhapsody held a show using a host of ultra-high-end equipment, showcasing the Estelon Forza loudspeakers and the CH Precision L10 Dual Monaural Twin-Chassis Line Preamplifier and M10 Twin-Chassis Power Amplifier. Also present was the brand-new CH Precision D1.5 SACD transport.
premium
Owner of Hifi-Advice.com
Reference Sounds – Wilson Alexx V with Audio Research premium
Last month, I published my first experiences with the Wilson Audio Alexx V loudspeakers paired with Dan D'Agostino Momentum pre-and power amplifiers at Ducth Distributor Reference Sounds. At the end of that initial experience, I was informed that a second event was planned, showcasing the Audio Research Ref 6 SE preamplifier and Ref 160 mono power amplifiers. This is my report of this second event.
premium
Owner of Hifi-Advice.com
Degritter premium
The Degritter not only cleans records very deeply, but it also makes them sound leaps and bounds better. It is a must-have for everyone who values their vinyl collection.
premium
Owner of Hifi-Advice.com
10 November 2021
Lejonklou Källa Network Player premium
When Lejonklou launches a network player, you better believe that it will be anything but ordinary.
premium
Owner of Hifi-Advice.com
COS D10 DAC, preamp, and network player premium
The D10 is a highly versatile control point, built in a modular fashion. As standard, it contains a preamp and DAC. Optionally, one can add a streaming input and a phono preamp. With every input that it offers, the D10 has surprised me with consistently fantastic performance.
premium
Owner of Hifi-Advice.com
4 November 2021
CH Precision Releases D1.5 SACD/CD Player/Transport – Industry Update premium
With an almost identical form-factor and operational interface (as its predecessor), the D1.5 continues the established CH aesthetic, fitting in perfectly with existing and future systems. However, internally it is a completely different machine, based around our own, all-new, proprietary transport mechanism.
premium
Owner of Hifi-Advice.com
22 October 2021
Grandinote Volta Network Player premium
Contrary to many similar devices that offer every conceivable input, output, and protocol, the Italian Volta does not try to be the equivalent of a Swiss army knife. Rather, it focuses on a single task that it aims to perfect.
premium
Owner of Hifi-Advice.com